Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

April 11, 2012The fishing on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam is best in the mornings.  We are getting into our late spring pattern, where the fishing (and bugs) are good from first light until about noon and then with a brief window in the late evening.  Flows from Canyon Lake are holding at or about 95 cfs, and water temperatures are good, with temps in the mid-sixties throughout most of the trophy trout zone.  The water is stained, but the fish are still finding small bugs in the water.

In the mornings we are seeing nice hatches of tricos with some midges and caddis mixed in and in the late evenings we are seeing good hatches of caddis.  We are also seeing good action with various attractors as well as damsel nymphs.

If you plan on fishing the Guadalupe, a half day float or wade is the better way to experience the river.

Suggested flies: Tricos:  #22 black RS2, #22 trico spinners.  Midges:  #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, #22 polywing emerger.  Caddis:  #14-18 soft hackle hares ear or similar.  Damsel: #16 olive hares ear.  Attractors:  #14 San Juan worms in brighter colors, #12 girdle bugs

Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

Warm Water Report

April 11, 2012:  The bass fishing throughout the Hill Country is picking up.  We are post-spawn on most rivers and the fish are working very well on top water on the Colorado and some on the Llano

The Colorado River downstream of Austin has been fishing well.  The topwater action on the Colorado has been steady to good most days and we are having good work in between those times with various streamers.  Crawfish patterns continue to fish well.  The clearest water is closer to Austin and the river starts to take on a tinted color by the time it reaches Webberville.  In the clearer water, try lighter colored streamers and in the stained water try darker colors.  The fish are tight to the banks and the fish are “first shot” takes, meaning that one decent cast to a spot is much more effective than two casts.  If the fish doesn’t eat the first time, it is likely that he will not eat at all.  Keep moving until you find fish.

The San Marcos River continues to benefit from good flows but the fishing has been spotty.  Typically the San Marcos picks up in mid to late April.  If you get out now, work with streamers most of the time but you should see some nice surface activity in the afternoons and evenings.

The Llano River has better water than we have seen in years.  The river is flowing gin clear (the clearest of any river in the region) and is fishing well with streamers.  Try lighter colors with your streamers and work with froggie poppers in the evenings.  There are a number of fish along the banks but also some nice Guadalupe bass holding in the mid-river areas adjacent to rocks and boulders. 

Suggested Flies will vary with the river but more in size than in color.  For the Colorado, fish larger patterns in the #4-3/0 range and for the San Marcos and Llano fish patterns in the #4-8 range.  Streamers include various clouser minnows, most any wooley bugger or crawfish pattern.  On clear water/sunny days, go lighter in your colors such as white or chartreuse and on Overcast/stained water, go with darker colors such as black or purple.  You can fish rust and olive patterns most any day.  Poppers are more by the color, with yellow, green and red working well most days.

Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009


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